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Mutton Trotters (Mutton Paya Curry)

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  • September 24, 2015
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Mutton Trotters or Mutton Paya Curry is a succulent and delicious Pakistani recipe, one that almost every person loves having. It’s so versatile that you can have it for breakfast, serve in the afternoon meal or for dinner, it’s loved the same way. As Eid-ul-Adha is almost here, I’m pretty much excited to have these Mutton Trotters being prepared at home by my mother. She makes the best ones, the ones rich in flavor and cooked to perfection (she’s a perfectionist – that’s where I inherited it from 😛 )

 Mutton Trotters or Paya Curry (Paya is the Urdu word for “Trotters”) is a thick broth prepared with trotters (feet of goat or lamb) bones from the leg with rich gelatin covered marrow with meat. It’s traditionally cooked on slow-heat overnight or for some good 6-7 hours in flavorsome spices. Making this dish a real treat for the tastebuds. 
Like Biryani, Mutton Trotters recipe varies across different cultures, even in the same country. It’s served best as a breakfast dish and goes really well with Naan, Roti or even rice. The broth also has medicinal properties and is often recommended for recuperating patients for nourishment. This recipe of Mutton Trotters that I’m sharing is a very simple one and if done right it’ll become your favorite dish too.
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The most important part of the recipe is cooking the broth right, the longer cook time enables to extract the gelatin from the bones well and makes the broth richer. You can use a pressure cooker too but In my home we use the traditional slow cooking method. The second thing to keep in mind is the cleaning of the trotters. If the trotters are with hairy skin, it has to be burned carefully to remove the hair (ask your butcher to do that for you) and then rinse them clean. 
Prepare this finger licking dish this Eid and enjoy the desi flavors.

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Mutton Trotters (Mutton Paya Curry)
by September-24-2015
Mutton Trotters Curry! Succulent Mutton trotters cooked to perfection in a rich, spicy and finger-licking curry

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

For Boiling

  • 4-6 Mutton/lamb/goat Trotters
  • 10 – 12 Glasses of Water
  • 4-6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper corns
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 4 Green Cardamoms
  • 1 Black Cardamom

For the Gravy

  • 1 Cup Ghee/Oil
  • 1 large Onion, paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • Cooked Mutton Trotters
  • Mutton Trotter Soup

Instructions

  1. Clean and scrub the mutton trotters with whole wheat husk, leave it on the trotters for 5 minutes and then rinse well
  2. Now boil Mutton Trotters with the boiling ingredients listed, after the boil, simmer on low-flame for 4 hours until soft.
  3. In another heavy-bottom pan add oil and onion paste, saute until golden. Now add the garlic and ginger paste and cook till golden and fragrant
  4. Now add all the spices and cook together into gravy masala. Add the cooked mutton trotters to the masala and mix until coated well. Cook on high flame for 3-4 minutes, till the oil/ghee is released
  5. Add to it the Trotters Soup (strained from whole Garam Masala)and bring it to a boil. Lower the flame and let it simmer till the gravy thickens to your desired consistency
  6. Serve with Naan, Roti or Rice
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Overload Cookies & Cream Milkshake

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  • September 21, 2015
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Before the summer ends an insanely delicious drink had to be made and posted here on the blog and why not, Weekends are meant for having such loaded drinks, indulging in deliciousness and never coming out of it! (not literally) You already know what goes in the making of it (hint: cookies & cream) but what you don’t know is the secret of making it. So today, you’ll learn to make the most ridiculously, insanely delicious milkshake The Overload Cookies & Cream Milkshake


This mouth-watering, eye-pleasing, calorie-overload, dribbling and indulgent dairy dessert has all of my favorite things combined: Oreos+Ice-Cream+Nutella. Mix it all up and you have an AMAAYY-ZIINNGG Treat! (wait for the secret to be revealed)
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This dessert milkshake will make you forget everything in this world, your worries, your friends, your kids, your dog, I mean literally everything and you definitely won’t share this goodness with anyone. 
It’s time to reveal the secret, be ready to get your hands on this bad-boy and treat yourself to dessert therapy!

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Overload Cookies & Cream Milkshake
by September-21-2015
Treat yourself to a dessert therapy with this mouth-watering, eye-pleasing, calorie-overload, dribbling and indulgent dairy deliciousness!

Prep time: Total time: Yield: serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cup(300ml)Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Nutella
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Ice-Cream
  • 1 Whole Pack Oreo Cookies
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Whipped Cream (store bought)
  • Twix Chocolate (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Using a spoon or spatula, cover the rim of the Mason jar with 1 Tbsp Nutella. Break up some Oreos and stick them to the coated rim
  2. Add one scoop of ice-cream in the jar and drizzle some Chocolate syrup on the inside of the mason jar glass. Keep in freezer
  3. In a blender, mix 1 tbsp Nutella,Oreos, Milk and vanilla ice cream until thoroughly combined
  4. Pour the milkshake into the glass until it is halfway full. Sprinkle some Oreo crumbs and drizzle chocolate syrup into the glass, and then continue pouring the milk shake until the glass is full
  5. Top with whipped cream, Oreo bits and more Chocolate syrup until you are satisfied
  6. Stick in twice bars and serve

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Boneheads Lifestyle Restaurant Review Reviews

Restaurant Review: Boneheads

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  • September 7, 2015
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Like art and music, Food has no boundaries, it doesn’t even require visas, permits or passports and yet takes you through a culinary journey to explore new combinations, tastes and flavors.
Continuing on this culinary journey, Lahore just got the taste of Atlanta – Boneheads. 

Atlanta-based fast food chain Boneheads specializes in grilled fish and chicken and offers an exclusive range of sauces made with piri piri peppers. With its first ever overseas restaurant opened in Pakistan, Lahore it aims to provide a relaxed place with serious taste to its consumers. Did it actually live up to it? Let’s find out.

 

One fine weekend, we (my sisters and I) had planned an evening out to spend good time together as we’re all busy all week through. So we decided to first watch a movie and then have dinner at a new place we’ve not tried before.

The movie we planned to watch was Dekh Magar Pyaar Se, while we were excited about it after viewing it’s promos, the excitement soon faded as the movie began and by interval we were like “whose idea was it to watch this movie”? As we all had mutually agreed on watching it so we managed to escape the bashing part. Having a bad movie experience we were a bit skeptical about trying a new place but we still stood by the initial commitment made.

And we ended up at Boneheads(since my sister M had read rave reviews about the place on a Food Group). It’s conveniently located just off MM Alam Road, a beach-themed fast-food restaurant all the way from Atlanta that is best known for its grilled chicken and fish dishes along with some healthy sides. This restaurant positions itself as a healthier alternative to typical fast-food restaurant.

The place is pretty decent with a nice ambience, friendly and courteous staff and live kitchen. I’d say Boneheads is a casual restaurant rather than a fast-food establishment. As we entered we were greeted by smiling staff, we saw a bright and reasonable dining area – it wasn’t something fancy but casual and appealing. The place was busy as it should be on a Saturday evening but not over crowded.  As we breezed through the place to our table, the first thing we saw was their famous “piri piri sauces” already placed on the table. Our server was a friendly fellow who handed us the menu card and helped us in deciding what to order.
We started with their Piri Piri Chicken Wings, as we skimmed through the menu. They were served really quickly, the wings were perfectly marinated in spice blends and then grilled to perfection and were tossed in Piri Piri Sauce of our choice (we chose medium to begin with). The chicken wings were absorbing the sauces which enhanced the flavor and it was such a delicious treat.
As we skimmed through the menu, we found it to be a delicious and a well-sorted menu offering not only grilled chicken and fish but also assortment of tacos, shrimps, salads, burgers and grilled vegetables. A menu that covered everything – a complete one!
After having the wings we were confident in ordering the food and our expectations were quite high. Being a fan of one of its competitors for a long time now, the food had to be really awesome to win our hearts and make us repeat-customers. We all decided to have different dishes so that we can taste them all.
We ordered their Grilled Chicken Breast that came with choice of two sides, Portuguese Grilled Chicken that was smoked and flavorful and was served with fries and boneheads special rice and third item on the order was a Burger (Build your own hand crafted burger) where you build it all yourself.
Talking about the sides, Boneheads offers a diverse selection of side items. It does include the traditional ones, like fries but there are other items such as grilled zucchini, priri piri mushrooms and broccoli. The seasoned rice were sensational and complimented the food well. The burger was as juicy as one should expect, with perfectly grilled patty. What excited me the most in their menu was the choice to build your own salad, your own burgers and the variety they were offering and of course FISH! Though I didn’t try it this time but would definitely do so on my next visit.
Altogether the food has great taste and the blend of spices is perfect on the chicken or fish and if you want to add a little zing to the food their bottles of Piri Piri sauce on the tables is all you need. It has three spice levels medium, hot and extra hot (I tried the extra hot, didn’t find it that spicy but loved it with my food) for those who don’t like food much spicy can try their Lemon and Herb sauce that contains no peppers. The staff was kind enough to offer their Hot Pepper relish to try with the burger and it was pretty awesome.
After a bad movie experience the food at Boneheads literally did set the mood. The beautiful flavors that the Piri Piri sauce bring out in the fish and chicken is the one that you must try. The food served is healthy and flavorful and makes you crave for more.
With a competitor already in the market for some time now, it may be easy to dismiss Boneheads as just another chain on the block, but DON’T! Eat there once to see what they’re offering at such reasonable price. If I were somewhere nearby It would’ve been my everyday lunch place for sure.
Boneheads is definitely a welcome addition to the restaurants arena. In the city that loves food, it’s delightful to see an affordable, healthy and flavorful option on the block.
For more information about their menu visit Boneheads on their Facebook Page here

 

  Image 1 and 2  from Bonheads Facebook page
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6 Days of “Butter Puff Crackers” Snack Ideas: Day 5

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  • September 2, 2015
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When the weather is fine, all you can think of is to spend some time outdoors and what better excuse than to pack a picnic. Even the thought of sitting outside when its pleasant, sipping on your favorite drinks and nibbling on delicious snacks is so fascinating (makes me go for a picnic right now). Picnics are a great way to spend good time with family and friends it’s also a good way to involve everyone in making the picnic food/snacks.

You may have planned a BBQ for your picnic but while preparing you definitely need something to snack on. I mean, that’s what a picnic is for, food, food, FOOD. Nobody wants to carry the entire kitchen when you want to free yourself from daily house chore and want to spend a good time. Minimum ingredients and items with minimum preparation is what you need to have maximum time relaxing and enjoying.

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To inspire you for your next picnic snack I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe using Peek Freans Butter Puff Crackers. It’s so simple to make that your kids would love doing it themselves and while the BBQ is grilling you can snack on these. Just two ingredients and you have a perfect picnic snack ready! Yes, it’s that simple and really delicious. You can also gain inspiration from Peek Freans Butter Puff page for delicious picnic snacks.
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Butter Puff Picnic Snacks

INGREDIENTS
  • Half-Roll Packs  Butter Puff Veggie Crackers
  • Chicken Spread, store bought
  • Carrots for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Top each cracker with chicken spread and garnish with julienne carrots and cabbage.
Have fun on your picnic!
 
Also check out all the delicious #14WaysToButterPuff on Peek Freans Butter Puff Facebook Page
If you need some interesting ideas have a look at these here , here , here and here
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6 Days of “Butter Puff Crackers” Snack Ideas: Day 4

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  • September 1, 2015
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We all LOVE Ice-cream! We might have different choice in ice-cream flavors but everyone loves ice-cream (And if you’re someone who doesn’t – I will totally judge you on this). Generally there’s no specific time to have ice-cream you can have it whenever, wherever you want it. And when you can prepare delicious treats with it – it becomes a delicious indulgence. With Peek Freans Butter Puff Crackers you can actually make these frozen treats that’ll make you so so so HAPPY!

The Butter Puff Crackers are so light yet crisp that it’s perfect to use for a sandwich with a big scoop of ice cream in between and to enjoy your favorite ice-cream in a fun and creative way.

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There are many are so many other ways you can use Butter Puff and you can gain inspiration from Peek Freans Butter Puff page for delicious treats. But these ice cream sandwiches are my favorite of all the recipes I’ve tried/ shared, because it has ice cream and it looks so gawgeaous! You cannot stop yourself from having it.
Prepare it for kids, guests, parties, celebrations or to curb your late night ice cream cravings. Having it this way will bring you so much of Happiness that you won’t believe how much you missed this in your life (that’s an exaggeration) but you’re totally going to love it.
Butter Puff Ice Cream Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Half-roll Packs  Butter Puff Original Crackers
  • Ice Cream, of your choice
  • Sprinkles, to decorate
  • Chocolate Sauce, to decorate
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Top one cracker with a small scoop of ice cream. Place another cracker on top of the ice cream and press gently to form a sandwich.
  2. Roll the edges in sprinkles or top them with chocolate sauce
  3. Freeze for at least 1 hour before serving
Enjoy this fun, easy and delicious frozen treat! Next up will be a snack idea for a picnic, don’t miss that delicious snack.
Also check out all the delicious #14WaysToButterPuff on Peek Freans Butter Puff Facebook Page
If you need some interesting ideas have a look at these here , here and here
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